Wade Redden recently sat down with Dave Cunning at Backhand Shelf after signing a contract with the St. Louis Blues marking his return to the NHL and discussed what went wrong with the Rangers...
“I went in there on a big contract. I think maybe making that money there and being the player I am… I felt like the first little while, things were going pretty good, and then they kind of fell off. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough, and like I should have been doing more. Once I started feeling that way, I think I just got away from the things that made me successful. Things just kind of snowballed from there. It wasn’t a good fit from early on, and they made a decision to make changes. I lived with that. It wasn’t a good fit, things didn’t work out, and I’ve moved on. I’m done there now, and am happy to have moved on.”
...while it's not Redden's fault he was offered that money, once he signs that contract he's accepting all the responsibilies that go along with it. I give him all the credit in the world for taking his demotion to the AHL like a man, but excuse me if I don't feel too bad for a guy who's made $6.5 million per the last four years and will now collect $8.33 million over the next three years from the Rangers as part of his buyout. Oh yeah and the Blues will be paying him $800,000 this year.
Money aside, I think Redden showed a lot of character by not taking cheap shots at the organization - he admitted that the pressure of the big contract affected his play and made him a liability...note to Yankee fans - if you don't complain about Kei Igawa and his contract on a regular basis, you lose the right to complain about Redden's.
I'm with you 100%. Definitely happy St. Louis gave him another chance to play, especially after he handled his demotion well. And while there's no reason to feel bad for him, I don't think there's any reason to be mad at him either. Some fans out there have sounded bitter. What's done is done.
@AG_Blue you literally just repeated everything Delury said...
Fans are bitter, cause we have to pay him for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and never once providing any positive outlook/play for a highly paid contract. Not his fault, but thats why people are pissed.
-- on "point" one, that's why I said "I'm with you 100%." And no, it wasn't literal, here you are demonstrating how "literally" is one of the most often misused words in the English language. The additional difference in my reply was the bitterness -- on point two, he's been off our cap virtually the whole time since things went south. We buried him in the AHL and then bought him out, so the organization paying him doesn't effect the fans because it doesn't effect the cap.
We agree with Kevin all the time on the blog. It's just part of the conversation.
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